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>> the little girl's undergoing treatment for a form of leukemia that apparently has a cure rate of 90%. the progress has been positive and as for wyatt, those two will be friends forever. we should all be more like wyatt. thanks for watching. "studio b" with john roberts starts now. >> good afternoon, i'm john roberts in for shep. this is "studio b." the jobs report putting more political pressure on the president. the feds say hiring is slowing. many more are out of work and more have stopped looking for a job. the candidates respond. police investigating a bizarre bank heist after a bank manager claims a gunman ordered her to put on an explosive vest. the united states adds a pakistan based militant group to a list of designated terror
organizations. what does that mean? we'll explain ahead on "studio b." first, grim news on the economy threatening to bust any bump president obama earned after the nomination speech. the labor department reporting u.s. employers only added 96,000 jobs last month, well low the 125,000 needed to show economic improvement. add to that the unemployment rate dropped 8.1 for the wrong reason. it fell .2% in july but because many gave up looking. >> in new hampshire, the president acknowledged the bad news but tried to put a good spin on it. >> after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when i took office, business added jobs for the 30th month in a row. a total of more than 4.6 million
jobs. but -- but that's not good enough. we know it's not good enough. we need to create more jobs faster. >> either way the jobs news presents a major challenge to the president in the homestretch of the election. carl cameron has the romney campaign reaction to the report. ed henry is in the president's next stop, iowa city, iowa. it clearly is not the news the president wanted, especially coming out of his convention. >> that's right. a blow to the president. back to last night, not just the president's speech but vice president biden claimed we've turned the corner. now questions about whether that's true based on the new jobs report. the president tried to shift the issue a little bit to mitt romney to say it's not just about the president's record, this is a choice election. he sort of ridiculed mitt romney saying his economic plan is all about tax cuts.
>> that's because all they've got to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years. tax cuts, tax cuts, gut some regulations, oh, and more tax cuts. tax cuts when times are good, tax cuts when times are bad. tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds. tax cuts to improve your love life. >> the problem for the president is that last night one of the only new elements of his acceptance speech was setting a goal that if reelected, he would create a million manufacturing jobs. manufacturing has been one of the bright spots but in august we lost manufacturing jobs for the first time in a year. >> ed, coming out of the convention we look for the bounce. what might this do to the president's bounce coming up out of charlotte? >> this morning, dave plouffe
told us he believes if not a bounce, at the least he has momentum coming coming out of ce but the jobs report is a problem. >> bad jobs numbers undermines his argument and -- you know, throws a wet blanket offer the convention heading into the general election. no question. >> reporter: the president realizes that and he was in new hampshire, now iowa and over the weekend has a bus tour in florida to try to continue to make the case to undecided voters. a shrinking number to say it's bad but getting better. >> ed henry. thank you. governor mitt romney used the jobs report to slam president obama on the economy. in an interview today with the host of special report, bret baier, the republican presidential nominee called the data disappointing and said the country is on the wrong path. >> if you look over the last several quarters, the last
several years, you see the continued pattern, which is we're not creating jobs we need to create to put americans back to work. for every net new job created, about four people dropped out of the workforce. so we're going the wrong direction. this is a very difficult time for the american people and by the way, wages are not rising. so no increase to wages, declining wages, declining number of people able to find work and dropping out of the workforce is a continuation of bleak news. >> governor romney blasted the president's speech last night at the convention which he said he read but did not watch. karl, with the jobs and economy so crucial, these numbers play right into the romney camp's hands. >> sure, the democrats spent the last week in charlotte essentially arguing the election should be a choice. mitt romney and the republicans
don't argue there are stark contrasts in the approach but the romney and republican view of this is the race ought to have a referendum and today with the multiple reporters to travel the country with him, he made it clear given the numbers today and democratic numbers, the referendum should make up voter's mind. >> after the party last night, the hangover today, there's nothing the president has done in the last 3.5, 4 years he knows what he's doing when it comes to the jobs and economy. >> the polls show voters believe mitt romney has better ideas and management skills but they think he's more stiff. president obama's considered more favorably likeable but voters are not sure that he has the economic skills to right the economy. we'll see whether he gets that bounce or not. >> governor romney with a ad bite today?
>> not big monetarily but the beginning of the final sprint. it starts with $5 million in eight states but there's 15 new ads the romney campaign is about to launch. and he now, as the official nominee, with spend money from the general election. he had over $185 million in the bank cash on hand last month. he raised 100 million since then so he has the opportunity to spend big. this is the start. eight key battleground states but three, michigan, wisconsin and pennsylvania, and romney and paul ryan's native state, it suggests the romney ticket trails by # 7. >> you'll be there every step of the way. carl cameron, thank you. with us, rick newman, u.s. news and world report and author of rebounders, how winners pivot from setback to success. you look at this,nd this can't be the book end the president hoped for.
>> it's almost like nothing happened in the economy in august. it almost fell to a standstill. we'll probably see the same for fall. two more jobs reports before the election, including one four days before the election. that's very important. the problem is companies are saying, we don't want to do anything right now until the election's over. they're waiting to see who wins and figure out what happens with the fiscal cliff and tax and spending decisions that need to be made in washington. until they have clarity, they're probably not going to hire unless they have to. this is a tough two months leading up to election day for obama. >> vice president biden says the country has turned a corner. sounds like it turned a corner and run into a wall. >> i'm not sure there's a corner. it's like a big -- we're with going around a curve and look ahead like is there something out there. >> where is the end, yeah. >> we're making miniscule
progress and everybody knows it. >> the average for 2011, 139,000 jobs created every month is barely keeping up with the population. >> that average has been coming down and it's not keeping up with population growth. it's odd the unemployment rate would come down but it's because more people aren't looking for work and dropping out of the labor force. we have a major long term problem here and it's not going to change in the next two months. >> politically the president said when asked what grade he would give himself, he said incomplete. does this reinforce that? >> that's charitable. it is incomplete. he says the economy created something like 4.6 million jobs the last 30 months but we're in the hole compared to where we were the day obama took office. there are fewer jobs now than there were then and it is going to take years for that level of employment to come back.
honestly i don't think it matters who the president is. because the next president's going to be hemmed in by the budget deficit and other problems we know about. the question is, will the economy start to recovery for real once the political decisions are behind us or at least there's clarity. >> when you look, who has the more compelling argument to be elected as president? president obama who says i need more time or mitt romney who says i've got a plan but i won't tell you what it is. >> at the moment, it's leaning romney's way. we're seeing the economy almost decelerating. i've seen a couple economists say it's so low it may be close to zero or negative. we won't know by election day but people will feel it same way they feel everything else that's stagnant. obama needs a tangible sense things are improving and i'm not sure we'll get that. >> good to talk to you, thanks
for coming. president obama knew about the jobs numbers before he gave his acceptance speech last night. but he still had his job set out to convince voters to give him four more years. how did he do? we'll recap coming up. and also take a closer look at what the president and his supporters were saying, like what he told viewers about war spending and the deficit. we're fact checking the speeches coming up. want to give your family more vitamins, omega 3s, and less saturated fat? it's eb. eggland's best eggs. better taste. better nutrition. better eggs. it's eb. throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multi-vitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day men's 50+.
independent fact checkers use the president of twisting the truth in last night's dnc address. "the associated press" suggesting he used sleight of hand when he promise today reroute the money our country's no longer spending to fight wars overseas. >> i'll use the money we're not spending on war to pay down debt and put more people back to work. rebuilding roads and bridges and schools and runways because
after two wars, that cost thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, it's time to do nation building here at home. >> just one problem with that, analysts point out the u.s. doesn't have money for war spending lying around. instead we pay for wars by borrowing, increasing the national debt. the feds would have to borrow more money to follow through on the president's promise. just as with the speeches during the republican convention, news organizationses are pouring over the president's speech looking for other examples of political spin. molly henneberg with the news live from d.c. >> as the president made clear last night he's proud of the $85 billion auto bailouts in 2009 but he may have stretched the success of that government intervention. >> we reinvented a die auto industry that's back on top of the world. >> reporter: actually japanese
automaker toyota is the leading global auto sales company in 2011 with general motors, gm, in second place and german volkswagen poised to take over number two later this year. that's according to "u.s.a. today." the president said this about how much oil we're having to inport this year. >> today the united states of america is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in the last two decades. >> reporter: according tower fox brain resume, that's true. so far for 2012, we are i am porting 7.77 million barrels of oil a day, about the same rate as in 1993. vice president joe biden spoke about president obama ordering the mission to kill osama bin laden and said this about governor romney's thoughts on bin laden. >> when he was asked about bin laden in 2007, he said it's not
worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just to catch one person. >> reporter: what governor romney actually said, the whole quote in the interview was, quote, it's not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars trying to catch one person. it's worth fashioning and executing a strategy to defend global violent jihad and i have a plan, had including going after hamas, hezbollah and others. >> molly, thank you. as the president himself pointed out last night, times have changed a lot since his first convention speech. the nation is weary after slow economic recovery and president obama noticeably grayer. instead of the soaring rhetoric we heard then, last night took on a different tone as president obama acknowledged the
challenges ahead. >> i won't pretend the path i'm offering is quick or easy. i never have. you didn't elect elect me to tet you you wanted to hear. you elected me to tell you the truth. the truth is it will take more than a few years to solve challenges that built up over decades. >> pundits are weighing in on whether the president balanced the tough truth with an inspirational message to rally the democratic base. we'll bring in caitlin burns. what did you think, did the president make the deal, sell voters on another four years? >> the first couple days of the convention were designed to defend obama's record. we saw that through effective speeches by michelle obama, the first lady, and bill clinton giving a rousing delivery the
night before. obama was tasked with presenting what the next four years of his -- the white house would look like. but he didn't offer us enough specifics, i would say. he talked a lot about offering more manufacturing jobs, which is important of course, and investing in education and energy and infrastructure. but we didn't really hear anything new. instead he kind of offered a vision for the country and outlined how his vision competed with romney. and that was to say we -- we know times are tough. we know americans are struggling but stick with us. we have a firm grasp on this and we can take this in the right direction. now whether that sticks is uncertain and we've seen several polls show that the majority of americans feel like the country is headed the wrong direction. i think the question going forward is does that message resonate with those people
concerned about the direction of the country and do they have time to wait and hang on? >> the message last night was about hope and change, though more sober and serious than in 2008. was this less aspirational than in 2008? less inspirational? >> it was well received by the crowd. obama -- [ audio trouble ] >> obviously a problem there that we had a caitlin, we apologize. now that the conventions are over, where do the campaigns go? we'll look at what to expect over the next two months before election day coming up. and we promise we'll have all of that. plus an emergency landing, cops storm a plane with guns drawn and it looks like the whole thing was over a facebook picture. details coming up next. [ female announcer ] the power to become a better investor has gone mobile. with features like scanning a barcode
a fox urgent. a 19-year-old suspected gunman is holed up with a hostage at radio shack in denver after firing shots. according to the report of kdvr in denver the suspect is posting pictures and comments on facebook and calling his friends. one post said, quote, swear to god, i'm going to die. alicia with the news live from denver. >> this has been going on about 3.5 hours. the hostage negotiation team from the denver police department is about a block.5 and a half mind me and there's one denver police officer in the radio shack with what hostage and one suspect. police say they believe the suspect is armed. there's a lot of communication going on. some of this on line.
however, we don't know how much communication is going on between the hostage negotiation team and suspect. at this time from what we're told from people in the area is the suspect a tave-on. we don't know his last name. a close friend that used to work with him are shocked, that this is a respectful young man they rarely even her curse. they can't believe this is has but police say it's a dangerous situation, so much so they have cordoned off the 2.5 blocks around radio shack and evacuated the businesses around. this is a very busy area of denver, 15 minutes east of downtown denver and they've closed the streets and locked down the schools. they continue with negotiations. at this point from what we understand, the suspect, hostage and one police officer are all still inside.
>> this comes not long after the shooting at the theater, the batman movie. and we all know what happened as a result of that. is there any idea from police as to what this young fella was up to, what he's looking for or how this happened? >> absolutely not. it's perplexing even to the people who feel they have known him best. people who say they have known him for years. we talked to a woman by the name of carol coleman and her kids have grown up with him. they don't know of any trouble this young man has had. they're not sure what could have ins gated this. police say two armed men entered the radio shack and may have had something covering their faces. when police arrived on the scene, the doors were blown out. however, police can't confirm too many details. they believe it became a hostage
situation not long after. >> thank you. the conventions are over and campaigns are finally getting down to business. coming up, what to expect from both campaigns as we count down the last 60 days until the election. cops investigating a bizarre bank robbery, gunman kidnapping a bank manager and strapping to her what they say was a bomb. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing a reason...to look twice. introducing a stunning work of technology -- the entirely new lexus es. and the first-ever es hybrid. this is the pursuit of perfection.
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i'm john roberts in for shepard smith. this is "studio b." the end of the political convention mark the beginning of a two month sprint to election day. according to most polls the candidates are locked in a tight race. now the campaigns focus their attention on spending millions on television ads making stops in swing states and debates in an effort to reach the white house. joining us, julie and cohost of the five, andrea. >> who was in the better position coming out of the convention heading into the general election. >> barack obama by the energy he generated. he still leads by a sliver of a margin. i would say the guy that leads, even by a decimal point, is in better shape. >> for an incumbent president to
just be a little bit ahead is not a very good sign. mitt romney has one job the next eight weeks, convince the american people that he will do not just a good job as president but a better job. this is going to come down two things, either the people choose like ability, which obama has, or someone who can handle the economy. typically voters go for like ability but this is a different election and this time he leads when you ask who is better poised. >> there's one thing i'll say, not a partisan analysis but somebody who runs campaigns. what you saw both obama and romney do was appeal to their base. the speech of the base oriented. you saw the ryan picks to romney was to their base. there's only 3 to 5% undecided voters and those people are --
may or may not vote. you need the base out. >> i agree with you. i think that -- i will say i think the democrats have a problem with enthusiasm and they need to galvanize the base, particular will with hispanics and the single women vote. they have issues. mitt romney doesn't have that, he's got an enthused party that wants observe out. >> we saw unfortunate book ends going into opening day tuesday, we ticked over $16 trillion in the debt clock with bad jobs numbers and the platform debacle. did it take away from the message. >> no. the platform debacle was the -- that was inexcusable but i will say you saw bill clinton's speech. that energized the party. i don't recall ever being this energized by a speech on either side. >> did he overshadow. >> i don't know that he
overshadowed but he made a great case for why barack obama was a great bet for reelection and that ener denies deniesed the party. >> he totally overshadowed him. why have clinton raise the bar before president obama and here's the problem, he's not on the ballot. that's the issue for democrats. >> he's not but does -- they're going to use him a lot. >> he undermined president obama so much the last year. i'm not sure if he can convince voters. the point about the message, what was the message? do we know? amnesty, abortion and auto bailouts? >> no, are we out of the slump? not yet. this he didn't have george bush because the message is do you want to go back to the dark days of bush? >> we have to call it there. good to see you. >> you too. >> new twist in the bomb hoax that forced a jet to make an
emergency landing. the man who cops said was a victim is under arrest. somebody called in a tip a man onboard with liquid ex explosives. the plan headed to texas turned back to philly. agents stormed the plane with guns drawn and the guy in question had no clue what was going on. >> he was obviously alarmed as i would be if heavily armed police officers entered a plane to take me off and he was stunned. that's why this is no joke. this is no laughing matter. >> police arrest the the guy who phoned in the fake tip. according to several reports he's currently dating the victim's ex-girlfriend and held a grudge over a photo he posted of his exxon -- on facebook but as cops cleared the victim cops collared him again when he landed. turns out he had outstanding warrants for his arrest.
david lee with the news. what happened with this victim? >> it's been a rough 24 hours for the alleged victim, identified as 29-year-old christopher shell. on his way to texas to celebrate his 29th birthday. he took pictures of himself and posted them on facebook. in mid-flight there was an announcement there were electrical problems but it was just an excuse to return the plane to philadelphia and sent to an isolated portion of the airport. cops storm the aircraft and based on the tip, she took off shell believing he had expose sieves onboard. >> they had their oozies and pistols and said don't most of. >> he just acted stunned. what the [ bleep ] is going on. but he was not nervous.
>> just to underscore there were no explosives but the twist is he continued on to texas. when he arrived he was taken into custody on outstanding warrants for two drug possession charges. he refused to talk to reporters but his sister says his brother has a knack for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. >> what do we know about the guy that phoned in the fake tip? >> the person accused of making the tip has been identified as kenneth w. smith of philadelphia. he admitted to the false tip using the name george michael to identify himself. he said the plot was to avenge a compromising photo of his ex-girlfriend who smith is now dating. now smith is facing 10 years in prison in addition to a $250,000 fine. he had his very first court appearance a short time ago and
was released on a quarter million dollars bail. but this case is not over. he's expected to be back in court within the next week. >> he's in a heap of trouble. david lee miller from new york. a terrifying bank robbery in los angeles has eerie simulates to a move. masked gunman forced a bank manager to strap on a bomb and order her to rob the employees of her own bank. the robbers made off with the money and s.w.a.t. teams freed the manager from the bomb before blowing it up. cops say it turns out the device was not actually an explosive. still the heist is drawing comparisons 30 minutes or less in which robbers strap a bomb on a pizza delivery man and force him to rob a bank. that happened in pennsylvania in 2003. in that case, the delivery man died when the bomb exploded.
trace gallagher with the news. are they investigating the bank manager. >> the cops won't say but the f.b.i. pulled out box after box of evidence and on top of the apartment search, they impounded her vehicle which is interesting because the bank manager says she drove the vehicle alone from the apartment to the bank and she was followed in a white kia by the two suspects. apparently the robbers did their homework because not only did they not step foot in the bank but they had the bank manager toss the cash out the backdoor where there were no surveillance cameras leading some to wonder if the manager might have known the suspects. >> at this point we'll get all the leads that we have and all the information we have to determine the circumstances. >> reporter: police won't say how much cash the suspects got
away with except to say it was significant. >> what else do cops have to go on? >> very little which is why police are retracing the path between the apartment and bae, trying to see if businesses in the area had surveillance tape of the white kia. they're also looking at cameras to see if they caught the suspects fleeing the scene. right now, we don't even have a sketch of the suspects. all we have is the bank manager's account that they were two black males in ski masks and she did what they said because she feared for her life. >> bizarre. trace gallagher, thank you. the united states officially adding a new group to the list of terror organizations. next, fears that change could hurt our country's fragile relationship with afghanistan and put an american hostage at
a pakistan based militant group responsible for killing american troops in afghanistan is listed on the u.s. list of designated terror organizations. secretary ofsecretary of state y clinton made it official. initially holding back from putting the group on the list amid concerns it could hurt peace talks in afghanistan and strain u.s. relation and also complicate the effort to have militants release boburg dawe. he was captured in 2009. jennifer griffin with the news. what impact if any will this have on the war on afghanistan? >> john, remember the main reason the obama administration and bush administration before it did not designate this vicious group a terrorist
organize is there are members of the state department and members of the national security council who think the u.s. can reconcile with the taliban before the u.s. pulls out most troops in 2014. >> it's useful to think of a designation like an arrest warrant. the designation doesn't mean anything until you do something and take action. what i'm hoping is that the u.s. government forms a task force to investigate the financial architecture behind the network, which i've studied for five years. it's extensive, transnational and vulnerable. it will trigger sanctions and dry up the group's able to fund raise in the gulf, saudi arabia and pakistan and pushes the pakistanis to stop supporting the group. >> will this sour relation with
pakistan just as they appeared to warm? >> some of that funding may force the u.s. to go after the assets of pakistan's intelligence service which supported the hakani network. >> the network acts as a veritable arm of pakistan's internal services intelligence agency. >> the hakani group is made of afghan fighters, they're supported by the c.i.a. in pakistan. if the network is now designated a foreign terrorist organization why isn't the taliban. the u.s. military believes the neck is irreconcile able. >> jennifer thank you. experts say the situation in syria could get a lot more dangerous. hundreds of tons of chemical
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a third person has died from a rare rodent born illness in california. as many at 10,000 people may have been exposed to the virus while sleeping in tent cabins. five people have fallen ill. the doesn't spread from victim to victim but there's no cure. the park reports it's trying to locate everybody who slept in the cabins so they can take precautions. western intelligence expresses concerns over syria's chemical weapons. we're reported similar stories recently and today "the washington post" quotes officials from western spy agencies who say the syrian regime has them scatter across the country. the syrian government continues to murder its own citizens.
the head of the red cross is warning the situation in the country is rapidly deteriorating. joining us, christian white. this latest news carried in the "washington post," how worrisome should that be? >> it's fairly concerning. the report indicated the chemical weapons that assad has are spread over 20, possibly more, facilities. just the facilities we know about. this is a big deal because it's not really a question of if assad loses control of the arsenal but when. unless you think he'll completely extinguish the rebellion and get control of the country back, ultimately the rebels and factions will get control of some or all of the arsenal. no one knows if three hand it over or expect something with it. it's an enormously complex task. president obama said we would act against the arsenal if used but that's a complex task if you
look at how wide the weapons are spread. >> what could we do, christian? >> well, it's -- i think we need to plan more. the president established a red line saying if assad uses them we'll go in. that would require a huge invasion that's frowned upon because you can spread the munitions. you don't know if you'll get them all. i don't think the united states is really prepared politically or militarilily for another major invasion so we ought to work with rebels, cultivating reliable, less islamist but that involves training and selling and providing them arms, something the obama administration refuses to do. >> you said you think it's inevitable that assad will lose control of the weapons. what would happen if some of those weapons were transferred for safekeeping to hezbollah in
lebanon? >> that would be a huge red line. incidentally the obama administration, president obama himself, came out and announced this change of policy right when defense secretary panetta came back from israel. almost certainly the change came about due to a warning from israel and expression of concern. israel's not afraid to act when threatened. in 2007 they blew up a nuclear facility they were building for syria. if you see anything that looks like transfer of arms from hezbollah, you would see the israel military act. >> i want to change gears a little bit. this decoration of the haqqani network as being a terrorist organization, does it change anything? the general and his sons were already listed at terrorists. >> it gets us a little bit closer to reality and not being
afraid to see what we see with pakistan. we've thought we could buy pakistan's friendship, accept their promise to cooperate with us on the war on terror broadly or afghanistan specifically but pakistan use terrorists against us and use them via the haqqani network to attack our embassy in afghanistan. this country, even though we give it far more than a billion dollars in aid each year, it's a state sponsor of terrorism and where he need to get away from the theory they're coming from the cold and they're going to be our friend and have gotten religion and will start fighting terrorists rather than supporting terrorists. it's awfully late, it's been a year since they attacked our embassy. >> christian, good to see you. >> nasa's curiosity rover is blazing a new trail on mars and we have the pictures to prove it. they're coming up. [ male announcer ] this is rudy.
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nasa today released pictures of the mars curiosity rover taken from space. in this picture you can see the rover's tracks on the surface of mars. nasa says its driven some 360 feet from the landing site on the floor of the crater. you can see the parachute from the day it landed. the $2.5 billion rover is set to spend the next two years exploring mars to determine if it could have once supported life. there's been plenty of evidence so suggest it may have been the case. back over the big numbers from today. the jobs numbers from the labor department. 96,000 jobs created during the month of august. we need to have 125,000 just to keep pace with the exploding population and 8.1% was the latest unemployment figures.